Golden Dome Award

The Golden Dome Award, is presented to an alumna whose efforts through continuous service and resultant achievement have advanced Marymount College as an institution.

2017 Recipient: Patricia Cole, MC ’74, GSS-GABELLI ’15

Patricia Cole is principal of P A Cole Consultants, which provides management and leadership development for leading multinational institutions. She also has an extensive community service record, most notably as a leader of the Steering Committee for Our Neighborhood Digital Education Community, which received a Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership in a White House ceremony. She has judged the Entrepreneurial Awards sponsored by the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues and served as an honorary principal for the New York City Department of Education’s Public Education Needs Civic Involvement program.

Patricia is an honorary board member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the program manager for an anti human trafficking program called What Business Can Do to Fight Human Trafficking. She also serves as a representative of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary NGO (a United Nations affiliate) and is a member of the Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons Coalition and the International Labour Organization’s Alliance 8.7. She is an active advocate of numerous other local and global charities.

She is also an active member of the Marymount community. Patricia is a former president and current honorary member of the Marymount Alumnae Board and was one of the three founders of the Marymount Endowed Legacy Fund. In June of 2009, she was honored to receive the Gloria Gaines Memorial Award from Marymount in honor of her dedication to numerous charitable causes and for exemplifying excellence for women in service and leadership.

Patricia is not only a graduate of Marymount College, but of the Université Paul-Valéry and l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne. She also holds certificates in executive management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, in financial management from the University of Manchester in England, and in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. In the fall of 2015, she earned a Master of Science with honors from the Nonprofit Leadership program at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service and Gabelli School of Business.

2017 Recipient: Margaret Fitzgibbon Watson, MC ’72, GSE ’73

A native and current resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Margaret Fitzgibbon Watson attended the Academy of Mt. St. Vincent in Tuxedo Park, New York, before pursuing her degree in American studies at Marymount College. A year after earning her bachelor’s degree from the college, she received a Master of Science in special education from Fordham’s Graduate School of Education. She married Drew Watson, a 1976 graduate of Fordham Law School. Margaret worked as a teacher for teenagers with special needs until her son, Andrew, was born. She then retired and devoted herself to her son’s activities and her community. She joined the board of the Home and School Associations and became a catechism teacher and a Cub Scout den leader. She also joined the boards of the Ridgewood Education Foundation and Friends of the Ridgewood Library. As Andrew became involved in playing lacrosse, Margaret became an active supporter of the sport, watching her son play around the country and in the U.K.

When Andrew was a student at Hamilton College, Margaret and Drew were asked to serve on its Parents Advisory Committee. Margaret has also stayed involved with many of her own alma maters. A few years ago, she co-chaired her Catholic grammar school’s 50th reunion. In 2004, she joined the Marymount Alumnae Board. She served as a member of the board for six years, and she was one of the three founders of the Marymount Endowed Legacy Fund. She was awarded Marymount’s Golden Dome Award in 2007 for her service and support of the
college. Longtime supporters of New York’s Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Margaret and Drew sponsor a young woman at the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula in the Bronx. They are also supporters of the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children in New Jersey.

They are part-time residents of the East End of Long Island, and in recent years they have enjoyed going on pilgrimages to France and Italy with other parishioners from the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton, where their son will be married in September.

2017 Recipient: Kristine Welker, MC ’88

Kristine Welker currently serves as the interim president and CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a national nonprofit organization leading the fight against muscle disease and serving both families and the medical community. Before joining MDA, Kristine spent nearly two decades at the Hearst Corporation. She most recently served as vice president, publisher, and chief revenue officer of Hearst’s Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine, which debuted in January 2014 with sell-out success. Kristine was also responsible for launching Hearst Magazine’s Digital Media team, a network of 24 digital brands including Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, and Real Beauty. In that position she was responsible for the company’s magazine sites, social extensions, and pure-digital destinations. It was under Kristine’s leadership that Hearst established a reputation as one of the most innovative publishers in digital media, creating strategic alliances with marketplace leaders and product innovations with start-up technologies and emerging media companies. Her team received numerous industry awards for innovative advertising campaigns and was honored with the Hearst Tower Award for Excellence. In 2010 Hearst Digital Media was named Digital Team of the Year by the MIN organization, and Kristine was inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame.
Previously, Kristine spent more than eight years at Hearst’s award-winning CosmoGIRL! magazine—one of the first magazine brands to launch with a companion website and mobile platform—where she was the founding publisher. Kristine was instrumental in growing CosmoGIRL! beyond the pages of the magazine through its website and other innovative initiatives, including the annual Born to Lead Awards, an event that recognized young people and their accomplishments; the Kiss of Approval Awards, highlighting the best in beauty, fashion, and entertainment; the CosmoGIRL! Born to Lead Design Search, a joint project with the Fashion Institute of Technology; and brand extensions including CosmoGIRL! Prom and CG! Mobile.
Kristine lives in Edgemont, New York, with her husband and three children. She has remained connected to her alma mater by serving on the Marymount Alumnae Board; she was one of the three founders of the Marymount Endowed Legacy Fund. She has also served on the Fashion Institute of Technology Cosmetics and Fragrance Advisory Board and the Online Publisher Association Board. She is the former president of the New York Women in Communications Board of Directors and Foundation Board (NYWICI), as well as a member of both the Cosmetic Executive Women’s Association and Advertising Women of New York. She is actively involved in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Graduate Mentor program and the Women in Media Mentoring Initiative (WIMMI).

Past Recipients

  • 1990 Gail Healy Hilson, ‘63
    1991 Mary Goeke, ‘31
    1993 Margaret Karl Geraghty, ‘69
    1994 Caryl Donnelly Plunkett, ’63
    1995 Miriam Kelly Hunt, ’50 
    1996 Patricia Crean McGill, ’68
    1997 Cristina Ramos Toosie, ’52
    1998 Carolyn Nannini Dolan, ’68
    1999 Anne Slattery, ’69
    2000 Jane Williams Rosenthal, ‘46
    2001 Angela Reed, ‘71
    2002 Mary Cay Bartush Jones, ‘52
    2003 Ann Lauenstein McLaughlin Korologos, ‘63
    2004 Laura Koessler Brosnahan, ‘64
    2005 Marybeth Anzich Mahoney, ‘70
  • 2006 Eugenie Fleri Doyle, M.D., ’64
    2007 Margaret Fitzgibbon Watson, ’72
    2008 Maria Somary Twaalfhoven, ’53
    2009 Constance Chan, ’62
    2010 Patricia Cotter,  J.D., ’75
    2011 Helene Tanous, M.D., ’61
    2012 Diane Kollar Monticone, Ph.D.,  ‘62
    2013 Maria Healy, ’78
    2014 Joan Chapman Cooney, ’44
    2015 Kathleen “Kay” Delaney-Bring, ’60
    2016 Joyce Onorato Abamont,  J.D., ’66